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Numerous elected officials expected at Democratic Women’s Study Club’s picnic

July 25th, 2014 · Community

The Democratic Women’s Study Club (DWSC) of Long Beach will host its 82nd Annual Great American Picnic on Saturday, Aug.9 at noon at Wardlow Park.
Each year, this event attracts a large number of elected officials and guests from Long Beach and surrounding cities, according to DWSC.
“Our annual picnic is a great chance for Democrats, both men and women, from all areas, ages and backgrounds to come together and meet like-minded people,” said club President Sharon Weissman. [Read more →]

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Imitating Life: Posing questions to local artist David McKeag

July 25th, 2014 · Imitating Life

David McKeag

David McKeag


Cory Bilicko
Managing Editor

Born in San Diego, and now residing in Long Beach, artist David McKeag has an associate’s degree in art from Cerritos Community College and a bachelor’s degree in automotive design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, but his primary source of income is personal training.
Using his dining table as his workspace, the 51-year-old mostly works in acrylic these days, although he says he enjoys watercolor, gauche and graphite/color pencil as well.
Asked how long he’s been making art, he says, “I have been drawing or painting since I could hold a brush or pencil.” [Read more →]

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Musical Theatre West brings arts education to local kids through free performance, story-time events

July 25th, 2014 · Culture

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography Maddie Levy portrays the Beauty and the Beast character during “Story Time with Belle” last week.

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography

Maddie Levy portrays the Beauty and the Beast character during “Story Time with Belle” last week.


Musical Theatre West (MTW) recently treated hundreds of students to a free performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as well as library story time with an actress portraying Belle, during two special arts-education programs.
More than 1,000 students in Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine (LBPR&M) summer programs attended the special matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast on July 18. Sponsored by LA County Supervisor Don Knabe and his Arts Education Partnership Program, MTW, and LBPR&M, the invitation-only performance allowed many children to experience their first live professional musical theatre. As a bonus, cast members greeted children in the lobby following the production, posing for pictures and signing autographs. [Read more →]

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Long Beach Playhouse announces its upcoming Mainstage productions

July 25th, 2014 · Culture

The Long Beach Playhouse has announced the line-up for its 2014-2015 Mainstage season, which will open Sept. 27.
“This year’s offerings are an exhilarating mix of suspense, comedy and, of course, drama,” states a press release from the Playhouse. “As always, the works are selected with the audience in mind and with a goal to create a mosaic of plays that entertain and engage the hearts and minds of those who attend. Well-known playwrights including Agatha Christie and Arthur Miller intermingle with contemporary writers like Tom Stoppard and Lynn Nottage to bring an outstanding mix of classic favorites and new works to the Mainstage.”
Below are the titles of the shows the Playhouse will produce in the upcoming Mainstage season, followed by descriptions the theater provided. [Read more →]

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Local Salvation Army prepares for backpack-donation event

July 25th, 2014 · Community

Ashley Fowler
Staff Writer

With summer winding down, many kids are preparing to go back to school. For some families, stuffing brand-new backpacks full of clean notebooks, fresh packs of crayons and sharpened pencils is a staple of the season.
But for families who can’t afford the additional expense, Operation Backpack comes in.
The Salvation Army started the program that donates backpacks full of school supplies to low-income families in 2012 after receiving numerous requests for school-supply donations. [Read more →]

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